As Silicon Valley struggles to bring more women into its ranks, a handful of tech giants, including PayPal, Intel and IBM, are tapping into the pool of women with short and long career gaps. "Returnship" programs designed to make it easy for them to transition back into the industry employ flexible and reasonable work hours that can accommodate women with families, multiple mentors and training across a broad range of topics.
Though many women leave tech to start families, a high percentage leave due to aggressions they experience. This can range from lack of career advancement opportunities to sexual harassment in the workplace, which 60 percent of women who have spent more than 10 years in tech have encountered, according to a recent study. This is why 56 percent of women in tech leave the industry — an attrition rate double that of their male counterparts, according to research by the Harvard Business School.